The Heritage School has kindergarten through class XII, the Heritage Institute of Technology, the Heritage Academy and Suryakiran, an educational enterprise for underprivileged children.
The Heritage School has taken part in competitions like the Frank Antony Memorial All India Interschool Debate, The Bournvita Quiz Contest, Maggi Quiz and other inter-school fests. The school has an Interact Club, and takes part in developmental schemes such as the Award Scheme for Young People. It has a two-tiered Prefect body, including an elected Students' Council (a forum of representatives from each section).
To prepare dynamic and caring citizens to meet the challenges of a global society while retaining their traditional values.
To be a center for excellence in education which, in keeping with the rich heritage of India, will stress the simultaneous development of body, mind and spirit, and endeavour to create compassionate, responsible and innovative global citizens, committed to the development of India.
The Heritage is envisaged as a 'school with difference'. A school that will teach children to be global citizens while retaining their Indian roots and values. A 'fun' school where learning will be more computer-aided than chalk-oriented. A Day Boarding School, that will nurture the mind, body as well as spirit of the children so that they grow into caring and complete adults with a firm belief in truth and secularism. It was nearly a decade ago, when a group of like-minded industrialists met to discuss ways and means of contributing towards a better Kolkata. The consensus was that the city of Kolkata needed an institution, where traditions of the ancient Gurukul system struck the right balance with state-of-the-art educational technology. This would be different from the prevalent system. The industrialists were unanimous in their view that the education system they wanted, would break free from the rigidity of access and restricted approach to learning, admissions and examinations. There would have to be an attempt to provide more autonomy in the teaching - learning process. Thus was born The Heritage School, the brainchild of the Kalyan Bharti Trust. The guiding light of The Heritage School is its motto Atma Deepo Bhava or Be your Own Light. The children at The Heritage School are encouraged to explore, reach out and seek answers for themselves. The teachers are encouraged to innovate, guide, and, most importantly, become "first learners".
The House System inculcates in children the spirit of loyalty, co-operation and healthy competition. The House spirit teaches them to pull together and each member of the House feels the need to contribute his/her little bit to the House. The four houses are:
Aryabhatt, blue, Indian mathematician
House motto-Forever try to reach the sky.
House motto-Endeavour to excel.
House motto-Right focus is the stepping stone to success.
House motto-We conquer mighty oceans with knowledge.
Each House has 2 Mentors, Senior Mentor and a Junior Mentor. Each member of the Faculty is assigned a House. The Mentors and Faculty Members in their Houses form the House Staff. The houses compete each year for the sports trophy, academic excellence trophy, co-curricular achievement trophy and the cock-house trophy.
The Heritage School has six buildings:
Ankuran (Pre-Nursery to Nursery)
Ankur (Class 1 to Class 3)
Aarohan (Class 4 to Class 7)
Utkarsh (Class 8 to Class 12)
Abhivyakti (Activity Block)
Heritage Institute of Technology
The Heritage School emphasises the revival of Indian traditions. Yoga is compulsory up to class IX. The school prayer is "Atma Deepa Bhava".
The Heritage School students are encouraged to express themselves, and for this they have publications.
Heart Talk (Aarohan and Utkarsh quarterly English magazine)
Heritage Times (biannual English magazine for everyone)
Vrittant (annual English magazine for everyone)
Udaan (Ankuran monthly English newsletter)
Bartaa (monthly Bengali newsletter for everyone)
School swimming pool.
The Outdoor Games programme offers Cricket, Football, Athletics, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Swimming, Rock Climbing, Archery and Roller Skating. Indoor games include Table Tennis, Badminton, Chess, Carrom, Multigym. The Heritage has a regulation size football(soccer) field, 200 meter track, tennis courts, basketball courts, a swimming pool and a fully equipped Multigym. The juniors have a Recreation Park which has equipment like swings, jungle gyms, see-saws, slides, rockers and sandpits.
The Heritage School also has various co-curricular activities to enrich and bring peace to every students' minds. The teachers even have a jolly good time having fun, teaching them and sometimes cracking jokes with them also.
Heritans are now learning the elements of Indian Classical Vocal music. Beginning with the sargam and the swarmalika in teentaal and jhaanptaal, children are introduced to the basic ragas. They sing compositions based on these ragas. Practice of the sargam through games makes riyaz exciting to the children. Bhajans and other light classical compositions are also a part of their repertoire.
The children learn to play Western Classical music on the keyboard and the piano. Music appreciation is one of the key features of their class.
The teacher insists on a thorough knowledge of the instrument- its history, its structure and other technical aspects. A careful eye is kept on accurate handling of the violin especially bowing and fretting. Children are gaining a sound knowledge of the notes which form the very foundations of Indian Classical music.
The tabla enjoys the status of being the most popular percussion instrument of India. It is an indispensable part of classical recitals (both vocal and instrumental), folk song recitals, and music played at weddings, religious ceremonies, etc. Rhythm is the keynote here. To achieve a perfect rhythmic balance, the first emphasis is on flexibility of the fingers which will create this harmony by playing the instrument.
The sitar and sarod are highly evolved instruments with their own unique language, technique, and various styles of playing. To play these instruments, the artiste sits cross-legged on a mat on the floor. This is the position in which one finds the members of this group, surrounding their teacher. The students are learning the basic techniques of holding the instrument, the strikers and moving them up and down over the strings. Learning the bols(notes) are equally important. The children are well on the way to learning two of the most celebrated of Indian string instruments.
The art of self defense is taught by instructors skilled in taekwondo, karate and kickboxing. Courtesy, self control, perseverance, integrity, discipline and indomitable spirit are the guiding principles of this group. Students here are strongly motivated to excel and bring glory to their school, state and country. They have won many laurels in India and abroad. Their motto is 'I shall be the champion of freedom'.
The children of this group are at present perfecting their knowledge of the basic stitches-run, hem, stem, satin, chain and some others. They are now able to set small, neat stitches to their samplers and are trying their hand at creating some household linen using their own designs. Girls and boys participate in this activity with equal enthusiasm.
Children learn to work with the loom to create designs on cloth - plain (in one color or a simple pattern), or woven in decorative or artistic designs, including tapestries. Printing techniques include making paper designs of borders, all-over designs and motifs. Batik using clay resist and wax resist methods and tie and dye interest the children learning the art.
Indian Classical dance has three main components- nritta, nritya, and natya. Nritta is the footwork and body movements, natya involves expression and acting. The combination if nritta and natya produce nritya , the complete classical dance presentation. Two classical dance forms are taught in the club- Bratnatyam and Odissi. The teachers insist on two things only- dedication and sincerity .
Another popular Indian Classical dance form is the Odissi. Its popularity in The Heritage School is seen in the performances put up during Rathyatra. In the club the children are learning the basic steps. Beginning with bhumi pranam they move on to exercises in the chowka position which is the most important posture in Odissi. The 10 different types of steps in the chowka and tribhangi position are being taught along with padaveda and hasta mudra.
One of the most popular Indian Classical dance forms in the world. The first step to learning consists of the basic steps- adaus which later combine to form yatis (the combination of alphabets into words). Next the children learn items like Alarippu, Todiya mangalam, Yatiswaram. The next movements they will learn are the shabdam ( a combination of yatis, sahitya and abhinaya) and then varnam.
The body is held to be similar to a tree. Footwork (tatkar) is the root which binds the ground and tree in a close relationship. The hand movements are the branches. The tehai and tukra are compositions which combine the other two and are likened to fruits and flowers on the tree. The kathak classes at The Heritage are enlivened by many games which develop skill and concentration as well.
One of the oldest art forms, which precedes even speech in the history of our evolution. It is also one of the most popular activities offered at The Heritage. Body language and gestures can overcome barriers of language, region and culture. Heritans are learning this art of silent communication through the use of techniques like illusion, stationary walking, expression and improvisation. Knowledge of the human anatomy is also considered essential in learning this art. Creating stories keeping our Indian culture and heritage in mind as well as social and environmental issues like pollution, deforestation, prejudice, etc. is part of this training.
Bio-dynamic Gardening and Farming
Children who have chosen this activity learn to grow and nurture plants. Organic fertilizers like compost, are used instead of chemicals in the school garden to grow carrots, beans, tomatoes and other vegetables.
This club aims to stimulate children's curiosity and develop their scientific skills such as observing, doing, measuring and recording. The science club gives students every opportunity to discover and recognize their scientific temperament and to use their knowledge to make their own ideas come true. It also enables the students to stimulate scientific collection of data, experiment, analysis and conclusion. The ultimate aim is to encourage children to visualize the future of the nation and to help in building a generation of sensitive and responsible citizens.
The activities cover -
a) making socially useful products like soap, phenyl, ink, etc.
b) understanding the disposal process of non-biodegradable substances, eg.Hospital wastes, etc.
c) seminars / workshop organized by eminent scientists.
d) forming atstrology club, night sky watch.
e) making models based on the concepts learnt.
Budding computer whizzes and savvy, enthusiastic reporters combine their talents to publish the the various publications of The Heritage School- Heart Talk, The Heritage Times, Vrittant, etc. The club is a frenzied hub of activity as children and teachers work together to design pages, edit text, import graphics and all with an eye to meeting deadlines. There is also a constant urge to update and learn new skills while working with applications like CorelDraw, Photoshop and others.
This is yet another creative outlet in the school. Thoughts, opinions and emotions and even humour of the children find expression through stories, articles, poems and drawings. The young journalists collect, collate, edit and finally put it all in the Cauldron, the wall magazine.
In keeping with The Heritage School's commitment to preserving a green environment, the children of this club aim to produce food in an environmentally conscious manner. The garden here has organically grown vegetables and fruits. The use of fertilizer is restricted to products like fishmeal, poultry litter, bone and blood meal and farmyard manure so that the soil and the crop becomes richer in a pollution free way.
Nature is important to all Heritans. The members of this club learn from the sylvan surroundings -fields, lush greenery, big and small waterbodies and the numerous small creatures that inhabit this area. Awareness of the environment which sustains life as well as its preservation is essential. Nature walks lead to numerous findings and observations and the EVS lab is the place for live demonstrations of preservation techniques.
Their academic term starts in April and ends in March. School closes for 4 weeks during the summer, and 3 weeks in winter. They also have a 10 day break during Pujas and another 2 weeks break at the end of the academic term.
Students study in bright, airy and cheerful classrooms. Furniture has been specifically designed for different age groups. Each classroom has a computer and a 29" T.V connected to the computer. All the classrooms have 30 lockers, one locker for each child to keep their books and stationery.
Learning Resource Centre(Library)
Self-study forms the backbone of the educational curriculum at the Heritage, and therefore the Learning Resource Center becomes a focal point in the Heritage scheme of things. Equipped with a huge range of books, a modern "Libsys" electronic library automation system, and attractively furnished, the LRC is designed to make learning a rewarding and enriching experience.
Laboratories for teaching Physics, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, Ecology & Mathametics are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to ensure the best in teaching aids. The "heart" of the learning process, as it were, the three Infotech Labs are designed to make the child an independent learner, who learns to "uplink" with knowledge. The state-of-the art equipment coupled with expert instructors and one machine for each child ensure that the child is ready to take on the demands of a world with rapidly expanding knowledge frontiers.
Safe and comfortable transportation in air-conditioned buses is provided by the School. It is mandatory for all children to use School transport. When children and educators travel together, it automatically results in bonding, and children know that they are looked after right up to the time they reach home. Each bus has a wireless system, fire prevention equipment, first aid and an attendant.
We have a well-equipped Infirmary in the School. Two trained nurses are on duty throughout the school hours. For any emergency, the school has arrangements with the Ruby General Hospital which is located near the school. The school also has a tie-up with Wockhardt Hospital(now Fortis Hospital), which conducts a health check once a year. The children go through a dental, eye and ENT check-up. They are also examined by a Pediatrician. Computerized records of the medical history of each child are also maintained by the school.
Books & Stationery
Books and stationery are available at the school stationery shop and are provided to the pupils at the beginning of every academic session and also when necessary. There are no additional charges for this service.
The school has two sets of uniform.
For daily wear, the children from Nursery to Class 2 wear - Blue denim shorts Red Tee Shirt with blue stripes White socks and Black sports shoes.
For Class 3 and above - Girls - Dark blue skirts, white shirts with blue and black checks, white socks and black sports shoes. Boys - Dark blue trousers, white shirts with blue and black checks, white socks and black sports shoes.
The Games Uniform - Classes 1 & 2 wear dark blue track pants and white Tee shirts, white socks and black sports shoes. Class 3 and above wear dark blue track pants with stripes in their House colour and House Tee shirts, white socks and black sports shoes.
The students of the school performing Kolaahal 2011
The school has various events like Abhivyakti which is a fest for class 2 to 5 and it is celebrated every 2 years. The Heritage School also known as THS has Youthopia which is a fest for all the students of the school after class 5 and held every 3 years. There is also Kolaahal which is a carnival held every 2 years on the 26th of January which is India's Republic Day and it is happening for all the students in the school. Other than this there also many class assemblies, etc. happening now and then.
Affliations & Memberships
The Heritage School is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE). The School is already a part of the SPICMACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture among Youth).Other projects on the anvil include participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, membership of the Indian Public Schools Conference,the Round Square International Schools and National Progressive School Conference.
The Heritage designs and implements its own skill and activity based curriculum in the pre-primary, primary, middle and senior sections. In the secondary section, although the syllabi are prescribed by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination to which the School is affiliated, the courses are adapted to our assignment and project based approach. They try to maintain a teacher-pupil ratio of 1:13, and the students study in a caring and stress-free environment that makes use of innovative teaching methodologies. All prep is done in School under the supervision of the Class Teacher. If a student needs help in a particular subject, the subject teacher sits with him/her and clarifies all doubts.
The Heritage School is designed as an 'Inclusive School' where slow learners with developmental delays are included in the mainstream classroom.Trained special educators withdraw the children everyday to the resource room according to a need-based programme. Pupils and teachers are sensitised to the special needs of these children
A holistic educational programme provides opportunities of serving mankind. A community that cares is a community that achieves harmony. Their children take part in community service projects. Children learn to interact regularly with differently abled children. Their compulsory SUPW programme includes regular visits to the nearby Manovikas Kendra. These experiences inculcate compassion, sensitivity and gentleness.
Prayas: A group of children with the help of a teacher formed this group. They believe they can extend support to those less privileged people. The projects they hope to undertake are -
1. Raising funds for a cause.
2. Providing support to an SOS village.
3. Sharing time and resources with the aged and the underprivileged.
4. Caring for the environment.
Regular study tours and excursions are organized to sensitize children to the richness of our Indian historical, cultural and natural heritage. Educational trips abroad are also arranged to promote understanding and appreciation of other cultures. Trekking, nature camps and mountaineering are cherished activities which not only inject the spice of adventure in their largely urbanized lives, but also have a great influence on the children's characters and indeed, their courage. With guidance and instruction, children discover skills and qualities such as the ability to make decisions, communicate effectively, leadership and teamwork. Outdoor challenges show young people the meaning of what is arguably the greatest sentence in the English Language:I can.
It is their belief that education is best achieved when it involves a three-way process between the child, educator and parent. In keeping with this policy, the school maintains a channel of communication with the parents through. Regular counselling and interactive sessions include-
Welcoming the parents to visit the school and share a meal with the
The School Diary
Frank discussions with the Principal and the Headmistress.
It is only when the school and the parents understand and support each other that effective education can take place.
a) Prefects' Council
The Prefects of this school are selected by the Faculty and the House Staff. Their Prefectorial system is made up of the Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy, Deputy Head Girl, The President, Vice President and Speaker of the Students' Council, Games Captain for Boys and Games Captain for Girls, and the House Prefects. The duties of the Prefects are summed up in their oath when they "solemnly promise to maintain discipline, lead in the right way, and uphold the honour and good name of our school." They also "promise to discharge their duties loyally and impartially." They learn, as they work as Prefects, that with authority come responsibility and all its associated challenges. The older students learn to care for the younger ones. We hope to achieve our goal of creating conscientious and responsible citizens.
The Prefects are advised and guided by the Prefect Advisor.
b) Students' Council
The Students' Council is composed of the President, Vice President, Speaker and a democratically elected body of student representatives. Two members, a boy and a girl, are elected from each section of each class, from class 6 to class 12. The main aim of the Council is to address the needs and concern of the entire student body. Thus they develop confidence and other leadership qualities like self-discipline, self-control, social awareness, positive thinking and responsibility towards the environment, community and nation.
3 members of the Faculty are appointed as Advisors to the Students' Council.
This is a very important and integral part of this school. They have an In-House counsellor and a team of teachers who provide pastoral care to all the children. No child is allowed to feel the stress of growing up. The counsellor holds sessions with both boys and girls preparing them for the natural physical changes that they go through and helping them to understand and cope with the attending psychological and emotional stress. Children are taught to take on the challenges of academic pressure. We want out children to be strong, caring, compassionate and unafraid to face the challenges and stress of the outside world.
The Heritage has a state-of-the-art auditorium which is air conditioned , equipped with special lights, excellent acoustics, a high-tech sound system, sychlorama with visual effects , galleries seating 1200 to facilitate morning assemblies, all indoor programmes and indoor games like basketball, badminton and taekwondo.
The Heritage is considered to be a smart school with the latest technological aids and equipment. The different blocks in the school campus are interconnected through Avaya fibre optic cable. All the classrooms, infotech centres, labs, libraries, infirmary and staff rooms have latest audio visual teaching aids and computers which are interconnected with Avaya Gigabyte UTP CAT6 cable and CISCO managed switches. We have round-the-clock internet facility for the students and staff through 2 Mbps leased line connection. Each of the blocks has a central public address system and a central star cable T.V network through which they show sports programmes, educational channels and documentaries to their students. All the departments are automated through a School Management software.
" Let the divine light of million stars illuminate our minds. Our souls will reflect this radiance to dispel the darkness of ignorance and allow love, knowledge and purity to flood our being. "
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